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Resources & Tips For You

Harnessing Earth’s Energy

Geothermal systems tap into one of the most sustainable fuel sources in order to efficiently cool and heat your home, commercial or industrial building. As a renewable resource, one of the best ways to harness geothermal energy is to use a ground source heat pump (GSHP) or a geothermal heat pump. These green heating mechanisms act as central heating and cooling systems, transferring heat to and from the ground.

Geothermal energy works for heating and cooling purposes because the technology uses the earth as its heat source for the cooler seasons and as a heat sink for the warmer seasons. This boosts the energy efficiency in moderating temperatures of your indoor air. It is not uncommon for ground source heat pumps to be combined with solar powered technology to provide the greenest and most energy efficient heating and cooling system, regardless of the size of the building structure it is maintaining. These systems each prove to be so energy efficient they save homeowners and commercial property owners on as much as half, or more on their monthly utility bills.

Basically, geothermal heat pumps operate on the same principle as conventional heat pumps; by capturing and moving heat indoors and outdoors by using high-pressure refrigerant. Only geothermal heat pumps transfer heat via long loops of liquid-filled piping which have been buried in the ground while conventional heat pump systems gather and expend their heat through the outside air.

 

Getting the Best Indoor Air Quality

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) agree that a building’s environment quality is directly related to the health and well-being of the family or employees – the occupiers of the space within. As the health of a building’s occupants matters a great deal, the conditions in which they spend a majority of their day, exposed to air contaminants, makes a big difference in health hazards and later symptoms.

Research performed by the CDC and NIOSH show that respiratory symptoms and related illnesses are associated with damp buildings which hold unfiltered, moisturized air. Because of the indoor pollutants created in a wet environment – such as mold, mildew, bacteria – it puts the building’s occupants at greater health risk. The ventilation, air filtration, and general cleanliness of a heating or cooling unit obviously affected the health of employees or families directly.

Between microbial growth – including mold, bacteria, and fungus – cigarette smoke, pet dander, perfumes, cleaning products, insects, and outdoor pollutants brought indoors, your indoor air quality is threatened daily. That’s why we offer year-round maintenance plans and instant repair services. Immediate effects of contaminants in your air include irritated nose, throat or eyes, headaches, fatigue, and dizziness. Generally speaking, these are short-term effects and are entirely treatable. Although some immediate effects are plainly detectable, showing similar symptoms as a cold or another virus, it is much more common for long term effects to set in. These include prevalent respiratory diseases, cancer and heart disease.